Tagged: Analects

Analects of the Core: Plato on musical innovation

The newest song which the singers have, they will be afraid that he may be praising, not new songs, but a new kind of song; and this ought not to be praised, or conceived to be the meaning of the poet; for any musical innovation is full of danger to the whole State, and ought […]

Analects of the Core: Shakespeare on journeys’ ends

Journeys end in lovers meeting, Every wise man’s son doth know. – Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (II, iii, 44-45)

Analects of the Core: Dante on abandoning hope

Through me the way into the suffering city, Through me the way to eternal pain, Through me the way that runs among the lost. Justice urged on my high artificer; My Maker was divine authority, The highest wisdom, and the primal love. Before me nothing but eternal things Were made, and I endure eternally. Abandon […]

Analects of the Core: John on the Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And […]

Analects of the Core: Dawkins on determinism

It’s an important point to realize that the genetic programming of our lives is not fully deterministic. It is statistical — it is in any animal merely statistical — not deterministic. Even if you are in some sense a determinist — and philosophically speaking many of us may be — that doesn’t mean we have […]

Analects of the Core: Dostoyevsky on sarcasm

Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

Analects of the Core: Burke on delight in the misfortune of others

I am convinced we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pains of others; for let the affection be what it will in appearance, if it does not make us shun such objects, if on the contrary it induces us to approach them, if it makes us […]

Analects of the Core: Burke on reality, and pleasure in tragedy

It is a common observation, that objects which in the reality would shock, are in tragical, and such like representations, the source of a very high species of pleasure. – Edmund Burke, On the Sublime and Beautiful, (“Sympathy“)

Analects of the Core: Burke on engrossing ideas

When men have suffered their imaginations to be long affected with any idea, it so wholly engrosses them as to shut out by degrees almost every other, and to break down every partition of the mind which would confine it. – Edmund Burke, On the Sublime and Beautiful, (“Of the Passions Which Belong to Society“)

Analects of the Core: Burke on the sublimity of pain

WHATEVER is fitted in any sort to excite the ideas of pain and danger, that is to say, whatever is in any sort terrible, or is conversant about terrible objects, or operates in a manner analogous to terror, is a source of the sublime; that is, it is productive of the strongest emotion which the […]